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Poetical Reader.

THE UNIVERSAL PRAYER.Pope.

FATHER of all! in every age,
In
every

clime adored,
By saint, by savage, and by sage,

Jehovah, Jove, or Lord'!
Thou Great First Cause, least understood,

Who all my sense confined ;
To know but this, that thou art good,

And that myself am blind;

Yet gave me, in this dark estate,

To see the good from ill;
And binding nature fast in fate,

Left free the human will :

What conscience dictates to be done,

Or warns me not to do ;
This, teach me more than hell to shun;

That, more than heaven pursue.
What blessings thy free bounty gives,

Let me not cast away ;
For God is paid when man receives;

To enjoy is to obey.
Yet not to earth's contracted span

Thy goodness let me bound,
Or think thee Lord alone of man,

When thousand worlds are round.

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